Marcus Rashford has dismissed the notion that he has been ‘selfish’ for putting off surgery to represent England at Euro 2020.
The Manchester United forward is set to miss the first two months of the forthcoming season as he is to undergo surgery in order to fix a long-standing shoulder injury.
Rashford played through much of the previous campaign and this summer’s European Championship with the ailment, as well as a foot problem, and now United and the player agree that the shoulder injury must be addressed.
Going under the knife is set to keep Rashford out until October, which will see him miss a significant portion of United’s Premier League and Champions League group campaigns.
The 23-year-old has received criticism from some quarters who have claimed that he should have pulled out of Euro 2020 in order to have his surgery during the summer so he could be ready for the start of the season.
However, Rashford has hit back by saying no one would turn down the chance to represent their country on such a stage in a heartfelt statement.
“When I was 11 years old MU helped me and my family out of a really difficult situation,” Rashford wrote.
“I will always feel indebted. When the club needs me I’ll be there. Any role I can play in helping my boyhood club I’m going to do it. Even to my detriment at times.
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“Having been out of the game recovering from the double stress fracture, and having spent a lot of time away from teammates and staff who’d been a part of my life for as long as I could remember, I needed to feel a part of something again.
“I needed to feel like I was playing my part. I’ve read some call me selfish for holding off getting the surgery this season but it was never about putting myself first and that’s how we’ve reached this point, and something as a 23-year-old I’ve had to learn the hard way.
“To guarantee I can play this game as long as possible I need to listen t my body. Everyone has an opinion but no one knows my body better than me. It’s hard to describe the feeling of representing your country. Given the choice, no one would ever turn that down at such a big tournament.
“As a little boy or girl you dream of those moments. I had been deemed fit for the full season, and given my injuries were being managed, what was another couple of weeks?
“Managing the pain I was training well and found a lot of comfort in the England camp after the Europa League final. On hindsight, if I had known I wouldn’t have played a significant role in the Euros, would I have gone? Hindsight is a wonderful thing isn’t it…
“I didn’t want to let anyone down but ultimately looking at some of my performances towards the end of last season I felt like I was. When I step on the pitch I always give 100%.
“Physically my 100% just wasn’t possible. I’m walking away from last season with 36 goal contributions, but more importantly I’m walking away with lessons learnt.
“We live and we learn as they say but what is never in doubt is my commitment to the club and the national team. It’s been a hard one but I’m coming back physically and mentally stronger.
“Thank you for all the kind messages.”
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